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Pubic Lice Leapt From Gorillas To Early Humans
New Scientist ^ | 3-7-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi

Posted on 03/07/2007 11:22:23 AM PST by blam

Pubic lice leapt from gorillas to early humans

18:26 07 March 2007
NewScientist.com news service
Roxanne Khamsi

A genetic analysis of pubic lice suggests the parasites were transferred between early humans and gorillas about 3.3 million years ago.

Researchers say the findings suggest close contact between our ancestors and gorillas. But they claim it is far more likely that early humans caught the lice from sleeping in abandoned gorilla nests than from having sex with gorillas.

Pubic lice – also known as crabs – can leave irritating spots on the skin when they feed on the blood of their hosts. The parasites lack wings and cannot jump like fleas, so they remain stuck on a host until they come into close contact with another individual. Each species of pubic lice thrives on only one host species.

In the first part of the new study, scientists collected Pthirus gorillae lice from primates in Ugandan wildlife sanctuaries. David Reed of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, US and collaborators then analysed the DNA of these parasites and compared the gene mutations with those seen in the Pthirus pubis lice, which can live in the pubic hairs of modern-day humans.

Close encounters

Humans and gorillas are thought to have last shared a common ancestor 7 to 9 million years ago. Reed says that because gene mutations accumulate over time in both lice species, he expected substantial differences between them. But the DNA analysis revealed the genes of Pthirus gorillae and Pthirus pubis were surprisingly similar.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crabs; early; godsgravesglyphs; gorillas; helixmakemineadouble; hotmonkeylove; humans; lice

1 posted on 03/07/2007 11:22:25 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

---more--

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2 posted on 03/07/2007 11:25:32 AM PST by rellimpank (-don't believe anything the MSM states about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: blam

That explains why we have the likes of the clintoons on the human side--MUPLIG (mutated public lice gene)


3 posted on 03/07/2007 11:25:48 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: blam

not even gonna go here.......


4 posted on 03/07/2007 11:26:08 AM PST by HOTTIEBOY (HUNTER: "I don't have to hire a consultant to develop a conservative image, I am a conservative.")
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To: blam

TMI, thanks.


5 posted on 03/07/2007 11:27:05 AM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: blam

Dude, it's lunch time! Be carefull, Red Lobster amy come after you, because crab dish sales plummeted to an all time low!


6 posted on 03/07/2007 11:27:42 AM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: blam

7 posted on 03/07/2007 11:28:13 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: blam

Must've been one of Bawney Fwank's ancestors.


8 posted on 03/07/2007 11:28:29 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: sean327

What will the Geico caveman say??


9 posted on 03/07/2007 11:28:37 AM PST by billygoatgruff
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To: billygoatgruff

So easy a caveman can catch it?


10 posted on 03/07/2007 11:31:06 AM PST by techcor
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To: blam

That God - he's such a comedian.

Now I have to get back to the Anna Nicole Smith thread and examine the human lice in situ.


11 posted on 03/07/2007 11:34:42 AM PST by sodpoodle (Official Thread Nanny)
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To: techcor

Do NOT even go there!

12 posted on 03/07/2007 11:35:19 AM PST by OB1kNOb (After 20+ LONG years, a REAL conservative I can support 4 President - DUNCAN HUNTER '08)
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To: blam

What's not to hate about this article?

Humans get crabs (Ugh. Don't remind me. Not that I'm saying...)
Gorillas get crabs too. (Brightens the day)
People got crabs from gorillas (oh, great), either by:
(a) having sex with gorillas (sounds like a bad idea. Sounds like something not human-initiated. Sounds like the edited out parts of Marlin Perkins. Makes one wonder if there's some other motivation to those crazed gorilla worshippers who hang out in jungles to be with the gorilla bands they study.)
(b) eating dead gorillas. Or, more specifically, eating the parts of dead gorillas that had pubic hair, so they could get public lice. Prehistoric man discovers the hot dog. Perfect. (well, you can just ROCK me to sleep tonight after THAT image)>
(c) Hanging out in abandoned gorilla nests. I suppose that's not so bad, except for the fact that, among all the OTHER things we now have to worry about in the world, getting CRABS from going camping is now on the list. Swell.
Interestingly, they didn't mention a fourth and rather possible scenario...
(d) young male human hunters having sex with DEAD gorillas (lose your lunch yet?)

So, there's a perfectly unlovely set of mental images.
The only saving grace is that at least the article didn't come with any pictures...although my little finger tells me that there's a particular picture coming along now that I've said that, and the juxtaposition of that picture with the idea of crabs will make me - or any other healthy, normal person - vomit, so please don't...


13 posted on 03/07/2007 11:38:38 AM PST by Vicomte13 (Le chien aboie; la caravane passe.)
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To: dead

"and the juxtaposition of that picture with the idea of crabs will make me - or any other healthy, normal person - vomit, so please don't..."

Dead, this means YOU.


14 posted on 03/07/2007 11:41:25 AM PST by Vicomte13 (Le chien aboie; la caravane passe.)
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To: blam
Hear the one about female gorillas?

They're so easy even a caveman would do them!

16 posted on 03/07/2007 11:43:43 AM PST by Jagman (I drank François Rabelais under the table!)
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To: billygoatgruff

They will probably spend a lot of time on their new show that is coming, scratchin' their er..uh..lower extremities.


17 posted on 03/07/2007 11:43:45 AM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: Fstrt5

ROFL!


18 posted on 03/07/2007 11:44:42 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Fstrt5

crabs on your organ?


19 posted on 03/07/2007 11:46:51 AM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: Fstrt5

crabs on your organ?

why did i figure that out on my own =(


20 posted on 03/07/2007 11:47:08 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (Islam... if ya can't join 'em, beat 'em.)
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To: rellimpank

And someone got paid to do this study (which I don't believe, by the way). Meanwhile in China they are developing 4th generation methods for manufacturing large size LCD televisions to sell us. What a waste.


22 posted on 03/07/2007 11:59:35 AM PST by oncebitten
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To: blam
It's not so much the image of them leaping, it's the infernal calliope music:


23 posted on 03/07/2007 12:03:16 PM PST by P.O.E.
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To: blam
"Pubic Lice Leapt From Gorillas To Early Humans"

Sure they did!!!!!

24 posted on 03/07/2007 12:14:04 PM PST by OldEagle (May you live long enough to hear the legends of your own adventures.)
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To: blam
A genetic analysis of pubic lice suggests the parasites were transferred between early humans and gorillas about 3.3 million years ago.

This means that Obama and all the other presidential candidates who want us to know their ancestral heritage should be able to trace it all the way back to 3.3 million years ago. Right?

25 posted on 03/07/2007 12:25:10 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: blam

This critical research needs additional funding. Harry Reid's lice appear to come from, not gorillas, but goats, and are rumored to be of the same species as the goat lice found in Osama's campgrounds.


26 posted on 03/07/2007 12:36:04 PM PST by HardStarboard (The Democrats are more afraid of American Victory than Defeat!)
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To: Ouderkirk

Well said! I didn't really need to know that kind of stuff.


27 posted on 03/07/2007 12:45:41 PM PST by twonie (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT '08. THERE - A COMMITMENT OUT LOUD.)
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To: oncebitten
Meanwhile in China they are developing 4th generation methods for manufacturing large size LCD televisions to sell us.

All our "scientists" are busy writing grant proposals to study Climate Change. They're much too busy trying to cash in on CC than worrying about 4th generations of anything.

Chief Scientist and Prophet Algore has already figured out how to cash in on CC. I congratulate him for inventing Global Warming.

28 posted on 03/07/2007 2:56:08 PM PST by Ole Okie
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Note: this topic is dated 3/07/2007.

Blast from the Past.

Thanks blam.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


29 posted on 05/26/2013 5:24:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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